Weekly Featured Profile – Barack Obama
On November 15, 2008, Sam Webb, National Chair of the Communist Party USA delivered an address to the Communist Party National Committee. During his address, he noted the following concerning the party’s relationship with Obama:
“The left can and should advance its own views and disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Its tone should be respectful. We are speaking to a friend.”
What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organizer. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years…
Obama’s first known connection with a card carrying communist was his boyhood relationship with poet Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii.
Obama’s relationship to Davis first came to light through a March 2007 speech at New York University’s Tamiment Library by Communist Party supporter and historian Gerald Horne:
In any case… in Hawaii was an African-American poet and journalist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, who was certainly in the orbit of the CP – if not a member – who was born in Kansas and spent a good deal of his adult life in Chicago, before decamping to Honolulu in 1948 at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson.
Eventually, he befriended another family – a Euro-American family – that had migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago.
In his best selling memoir ‘Dreams of my Father’, the author speaks warmly of an older black poet, he identifies simply as “Frank” as being a decisive influence in helping him to find his present identity as an African-American, a people who have been the least anticommunist and the most left-leaning of any constituency in this nation.
The FBI first began compiling their 600 page file on Davis in 1944 when they identified him as member of the Communist Party’s Dorie Miller Club in Chicago – card number 47544.
The Obama/communist connection deepened when Obama moved to Chicago.
The Rev. Addie Wyatt was a mentor to President Barack Obama in his community organizing as a young man.
In 1992, Obama worked for the ACORN offshoot, Project Vote, to register black voters in aid of the Senate Campaign of Carol Moseley Braun – who had strong Communist Party ties and was communist affiliated Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s legislative floor leader.
Obama helped Carol Moseley Braun win her Senate seat, then took it over himself in 2004 – backed by the same communist/socialist alliance that had elected Washington and Moseley Braun.
The Communist Party actively campaigned for Obama during his successful 2004 Illinois Senate race:
Activists from Illinois were immersed in the campaign to elect Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate. Obama won a landslide victory in the March 16 Democratic primary. If Obama wins in November, he would be only the third African American senator since Reconstruction.
“This was a historic victory. It was a victory for political independence and grassroots, coalition, and issue oriented politics over the machine and money,” said John Bachtell, Illinois CP district organizer.
Frank Chapman is a long-time Communist Party supporter.
Just after Obama won the pivotal Iowa primary, Chapman wrote a letter to the January 12, 2008 edition of the Party’s Peoples Weekly World:
Now, beyond all the optimism I was capable of mustering, Mr. Obama won Iowa! He won in a political arena 95 percent white. It was a resounding defeat for the manipulations of the ultra-right and their right-liberal fellow travelers. Also it was a hard lesson for liberals who underestimated the political fury of the masses in these troubled times.
Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary “mole,” not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.